Jan 22, 2009 12:54am
Re: JG mit Allmans
Too bad more examples do not circulate. Jerry and the Allman's loved each other and enjoyed playing together. They first crossed paths at the Miami Pop Festival on 12/29/68 when members of the soon-to-be-formed Allman Brothers Band watched the Dead's set and became excited about the open ended jams and two drummer line-up. The next contact came in Piedmont Park in Atlanta when the Allmans played a show and the Grateful Dead played later in the afternoon on 7/7/69. There was some jamming after the show, though I doubt the Dead were familiar with the Allmans.The Dead arrived late and would have missed the Allmans earlier performance that day. The main connection was made during the Fillmore East 2/11/70 thru 2/14/70 run. . In May 1970 both bands played together in Atlanta, and jammed together on Mountain Jam and Will The Circle Be Unbroken, and possibly more, though no tape circulates. Allman Brothers members Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley and Dicky Betts jammed together on this 1972 show also. I don't hear this one mentioned much, but next to 2/11/70 and the Allmans 12/31/73 show, it has my favorite Dead/Allmans jamming on NFA>GDTRFB>Hey Bo Diddly. Check it out!
The Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers were to do a joint tour in November 1972, but the death of Berry Oakley caused the Allmans to postpone the tour. Here is a Rolling Stone article from 1973 by Cameron Crowe who interviews Jerry Garcia and Jerry discusses his feelings about the Allman Brothers Band.
From Cameron Crowe's article "The Grateful Dead Flee Big Business"
A season of supershows
An indication of the surprises in store and part of the concert experimentation has already begun with the recent Grateful Dead shows that have combined the Dead with another American supergroup, The Allman Brothers. In the case of the amazing Watkins Glen Festival in New York this past July, the Dead and the Allmans were joined by the Band. The original idea for these supershows started over a year ago when a full length, cross-country tour with the Allman Brothers was booked into some of America's largest stadiums. The two bands have been long time friends, going back to the days the members of the groups first met each other backstage at the Fillmore East. Both bands were set to hop on planes to begin the tour last fall when Allman bassist Berry Oakley was killed in a motorcycle accident just a few days before their opening show in Houston, Texas. The joint tour was cancelled until this past summer, when the Allmans and the Dead made an appearance at the RFK Stadium in Washington. The RFK Stadium appearance made concert history. Ticketron, the computer network covering the eastern coast, reported that tickets to the Dead-Allmans concert were snapped up as far away as Montreal, Canada. More than 80,000 seats were sold for the two consecutive concerts.
Garcia waxed ecstatic about the experience, saying he couldn't have been more at home with The Allmans.
"It's kind of like playing with us the way we were five years ago," Jerry laughs. "Musically and set-up wise, they're kind of similar to the way we used to be. They especially sounded like us when they were the original Allman Brothers. They had two drummers, two guitars, organ and bass . . . exactly the instrumentation we had (when drummer Mickey Hart and organist-vocalist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan were in the band).
"In fact, Dickey and the guys had flashed on our music when we played at a festival in Florida about five or six years ago. We really inspired them and they've patterned a lot of their trip after us. They're like a younger, Southern version of us in some ways musically. I really enjoy playing with those guys, they're fun to play with. They're good."
'Eyes' to the future
Although there are definite plans afoot to release an album of a monumental Dead-Allmans jam-session early next year..."
We all are familiar I think with Duane Allman joining the Dead on 4/26/71 at Fillmore East on a few numbers, and the Allman/Dead/Band jam at Watkins Glen, the 6/10/73 RFK shows and Jerry and Billy guesting/sitting in on the Allman Brothers 12/31/73 Cow Palace classic.
Check out the Dead/Allmans/Band jam at Watkins Glen. The Mountain Jam is a nice group effort between the bands.
This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-01-22 08:54:29